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October 26, 2010

Advanced Style

Howdy gang! I have returned from my two glorious weeks of vacation in Virginia and am ready to hop right back in with both immaculately-shod feet.

I’d bore you with the details of my little holiday, but the interesting parts aren’t for family television (if you know what I mean, and I think you do) and the boring parts are well, kinda boring. I mean, not boring to ME but I don’t have a television so the realization that there was an ENTIRE CHANNEL devoted to Proper Football was like that moment I discovered gin or Jesus. I basically spent an entire week watching Premier League and swearing at Wayne “Angry Eyes” Rooney for being such a total tool. Except not because tools are actually useful UNLIKE YOU, MISTER GIMPY ANKLE POTATO HEAD.


Anyhoodle, I was bopping around my favorite blogs and came across an outstanding entry from the always entertaining Ari Seth Cohen (and can we even TALK about how cute he is? If I were a boy I’d totally kiss him) at Advanced Style.

I truly can’t say enough about Advanced Style because it’s just that good. I hate that I didn’t come up with the idea myself. It’s exactly what real style, perfectly translated is all about. Not that I don’t appreciate The Scott Schuman Sartorialist and his ilk with carefully disheveled Bright Young Things, but it’s easy to look fabulous when you’re a 22 year-old with six miles of leg and cheekbones that could cut glass. They’re fashion plates and that’s fine, but fashion is boring unless you have style and Mr Cohen’s subjects have style in spades, diamonds, moons, clovers and little marshmallow rainbows.

Plus you get gems like this, from 98 year-old Rose:

Here are Roses’ top ten beauty and lifestyle secrets on how to look and feel great at 98

1. Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter “I’ll give you anything in the world, but I won’t give you my perfume.”

2. Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don’t have to cost a fortune.

3. Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town “Fashion comes before comfort” At 98, Rose goes out every single night!

4. “Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine”

5. No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.

read the rest here, and bookmark it, love it and commit it to memory!


  1. Madam Plumcake – how is it possible that you were unaware of a footie channel? There are actually a couple out there, if you have TimeWarner cable: FSC & FSC+, also YES, which plays a lot of Arsenal, if you can deal with it. (Isn’t the biggest Arsenal fan, if you couldn’t tell) However, if you are ever in the NYC area, come down to Lunasa, where most of the hardcore fans watch the games. It’s on St. Mark’s & 1st Ave. They show most EPL games and Europa League and they have FOOD! (a plus, in my book)

    BTW, I’m a longtime reader, 1st time commenter and I thought it was awesome to see that you are into football & fashion. So great to come across a like-minded individual. :)

    Comment by MayDarling — October 26, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  2. Thank you for putting in words why I haven’t checked out the Sartorialist in a long time. The tall skinny youngsters dressed any which way were getting monotonous.

    Comment by Lorraine — October 26, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  3. @MayDarling: Welcome! I don’t have a television so I’m pretty oblivious as to what’s available on TV. I am NOT a gunner girl, but at this point I’m pretty much Anybody But Man City. I’ll be sure to check out Lunasa next time I’m in Yankee territory.

    Comment by Plumcake — October 26, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  4. There was a flowchart going around the interwebs not that long ago that showed how to get on the Sartorialist, and basically the idea is you have to be elfin and wear an oversized man’s shirt. Yawn.

    In other news, how amazing are the hats on Advanced Style?!

    Comment by Emily — October 26, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

  5. I now have an aspirational figure. When I grow up, I want to be just like Rose.

    Comment by La Petite Acadienne — October 26, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  6. Gah! Spam attack!

    Comment by La Petite Acadienne — October 27, 2010 @ 10:38 am

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